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Auspiciousness

In just a month from now, my fifth book–The Black Ship–will be released. Coincidentally, this is the same day we will elect a new president. I’m not sure this is auspicious timing or not. I think more worrisome is that no one may be able to afford actually buying my book, much less buying gas […]

teaching fantasy

In my day job, I’m a professor of English. This fall I teach an intro to lit course with a subject of SF/F. One of the things that makes this more tricky than it might be, is that I teach on a block system–students take one class at a time. So this course will be […]

the year

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve measured the year in terms of the academic year. Fall begins when school does (and I also have a knee-jerk urge to go shop for clothes, paper, pencils and binders). Winter starts just before Christmas. Spring starts in January. Summer starts in May. Now sometimes the months shift […]

My Dragon Takes Your Starship!

At a recent science fiction convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul over the Easter weekend, there was a panel on why fantasy sells better than science fiction.   As someone who used to write science fiction, but switched to urban fantasy because, uh, well, because my “numbers sucked” I’m fairly invested in the answer to this question.  I’ll […]

The Thinking Person’s Seven Deadly Sins

Recently the Catholic Church has been talking about updates to their original list of the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth. The updates stress communal rather than individual sins, and specifically target scientific endeavors, including “genetic manipulation.” I guess we’re back to the theme of Frankenstein: Man is not meant […]

Writing-Related Dreams

My subconscious is far from subtle.  I can always tell when I’m feeling overbooked because I start having that dream, you know the one where you discover that you’ve been the understudy for Ophelia in Hamlet for the last several months,  have missed every rehearsal, and today is opening night.  That’s the one where I’m frantically reading […]

Cutting my losses

This is post is not about how sucky the market is or money or anything like that. It’s about books. Specifically, the books that are on my shelves that I. Will. Never. Read. (Ever or Again, depending) I started going over my overflowing shelves in an effort to clean them up, to dust, and to […]

Right On

My parents had a bumper sticker on their car: “The Moral Majority Is Neither.” I like cars that wear their politics on their bumpers, although I sneer at ones with a “W” sticker. The Co-op is a good place to see bumper stickers. There’s one, an old Cadillac, that has a back end covered with […]

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Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Sarah Prineas

Sarah lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her mad scientist husband and two kids. Author of the Magic Thief series; the first book is coming in summer 2008 from HarperCollins and a bunch of other publishers around the world. Visit site.

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